Musical Story, Yes: STS9 Takes Colorado to “Sky World” At First Shows Back
After over a year without playing a live show, STS9 returned to the stage to deliver seven spectacular sets to their fans in Colorado last weekend. As part of their annual Colorado run, the five-piece jam electronica group was finally able to blast off into space with a two-night “Sky World” run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and finish the weekend with a mid-day “Day Out Of Time” show featuring their special Axe The Cables and Wavespell sets at Denver’s Levitt Pavilion.
With Red Rocks now operating at full capacity, the venue was bustling hours before doors opened. Once 5PM struck, nearly all parking lots were full and 9,600 Tribe fans sparkled throughout the venue, a lot being their first shows back at the iconic venue.
Friday’s showdown began with an hourlong set from indie-electronic producer Machine Drums. A smoky sky hid away most of the setting sun as Tribe hit the stage at 7:30 to begin the first of three sets that night. An opening comprising “Sky World” and “Musical Story, Yes” from their 2005 album Artifacts gave the crowd a good hint of what was to come as the band began to paint a beautiful musical journey.
The touching lyrics of “Better Day” led the band into a drum takeoff in “Breathe In." Guitarist Hunter Brown led the group to the heavy melody in “Poseidon,” while keyboardist David Phipps took over the reins for a key breakdown in “Ramone & Emiglio.” The energy in the venue was palpable during a mashup of “When The Dust Settles” and Sly & The Family Stone's cover of “Family Affair” for a set one closer.